Partner Post: Why the network effect matters: A refresher for the future

By Blake Snow @blakesnow, Used with the permission of

The network effect not only benefits society—it empowers and heightens the voice of individual participants.
JULY 19, 2016

When Alexander Graham Bell placed the world’s first telephone call in the New York spring of 1876, did he fully understand that the greatest thing he invented that day was not the voice call, but the world’s first network?

In addition to extending the reach of one’s voice, could he have foreseen that subsequent networks would someday allow global note exchange, worldwide garage sales, the ability to write history, participate in stock exchanges, attend virtual job fairs, make more informed purchases, or even meet a doctor or college professor “online”?

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Understandably, he couldn’t have.